I recall me' dear old' Mammy saying, "Peter you are just imagining it." Whatever it was I was imagining, it was real to me at the time, and that, folks is the beauty of childhood. You can have an invisible friend, many do, even adults, they call that friend God, but that is another story, and, in my opinion, it is not an imagination.
I like to meet people and turn them, or their characteristics into players in stories. Once I 'Meet' my made up player, they become my personal entourage for a journey that, sometimes, does not work; however, I do not destroy these players, as there is always a place for someone somwhere.
The advantage of my imaginative players, is that they are made up of a composite of people I meet, and although you may say, "I met him, I bet he is talking about me," there will be that many other aspects in the character that you will never be sure....Sneeky ain't it?
I am rather fond of pretentious people as characters, not because of their pretentiousness, but because they are very insecure, are prone to suffering from the syndrome of removing the left foot from their mouths to put the right foot back in, ifn' ya' know what I mean? The stuffy ones usually come down many pegs in my stories (Read The Pup) but I am not always terribly unkind to them as it is never humorous to regale a person without having a bit of an Aussie 'leg pull'.
So there you go folks, a bit of my style of writing, adn onetht new writers might like to think about.